. president obama is spending time now after winning re- election trying to reach out to republican leaders and he is going to need their cooperation to avoid the fiscal cliff. before his second term begins. >> now the congress and the president fail to reach a deal a series of tax increases and federal government cuts will kick in january 1st. and they could be especially harmful to this area. 9news now reporter ko im is live on capitol hill with more. ko, give us the bad news. what could happen? >> reporter: well, local officials are keeping a close eye as you know the bush era tax cuts with set to -- are set to expire in less than two months, the ripple effect, we could see families nationwide getting a tax increase of $2,000 to $3,000. virginia officials already starting to brace themselves. republican governor mcdonnell acceptability a memo to department heads, the fairfax county school board last night passed a resolution urging congress to put an end to the cliff. they're worried $6 million for 36,000 kids learning english could get lost in the shuffle. >> the impacts will be severe.